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Native American Languages
     

Native American Languages

by Bethanne Kelly Patrick, Troy Johnson (Editor)
 

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Prior to becoming a "melting pot" of many languages, the continents of North and South America were already home to a variety of Native American tribes, each with its own language. What's more, subsets of tribes often had their own dialects, sometimes making communication between two people nearly impossible, even if they lived near each other. This book discusses

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Prior to becoming a "melting pot" of many languages, the continents of North and South America were already home to a variety of Native American tribes, each with its own language. What's more, subsets of tribes often had their own dialects, sometimes making communication between two people nearly impossible, even if they lived near each other. This book discusses the major Native American languages used by tribes in various regions and how some of their words have been incorporated into the English language today.

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VOYA, February 2014 (Vol. 36, No. 6) - Caitlin Augusta
The Native American Life series of fifteen titles provides brief overviews of topics relating to Native American life. Each title contains six chapters on the subject, followed by a chronology, a glossary, and other back matter. It is unfortunate that the publisher did not index the text box material, and the stock photos are not always a perfect fit for the text. Of the three titles reviewed, Native American Sports And Games is the strongest. It is organized by region, and the table of contents clearly indicates that fact. The writing is straightforward, and the author transitions among games and tribes in a logical fashion. (Native American Life) Reviewer: Caitlin Augusta; Ages 11 to 14.
Children's Literature - Ann L. Kreske
This text gives readers a better understanding of the diverse cultures and languages of Native American tribes. This title is part of the fifteen-volume “Native American Life” series, which seeks to dispel some of the myths and stereotypes related to Native Americans. The series covers a variety of subjects, such as Native American homes, hunting methods, confederacies, family life, cooking routines, ceremonies and festivals, medicine, religion, rivalries, and tools and weapons. This particular title consists of chapters on the many distinctively different languages that existed among the different tribes, the words and ideas the English colonists borrowed from the Native Americans, the challenges linguists have faced in their attempts to classify Native American languages, languages that existed in other parts of the Americas, and Native American languages that still exist today. While the writing is simple and easy to understand, some of the information could have been better organized and less generalized, and the examination of Native American history feels skewed and incomplete. The use of sidebars, inserts, drawings, and color photographs provide appeal and make the book reader-friendly; however, these text features do not always accompany the text well. A glossary, list of further reading, Internet resources, and an index are incorporated, but a good map with the various regions discussed in the book would have been helpful to provide context. Readers get a preliminary look at Native American life and cultures through this book, but would do well to conduct further research and read more widely for a more complete picture. Reviewer: Ann L. Kreske; Ages 10 to 14.
Children's Literature
This volume is part of the "Native American Life" series, which seeks to dispel common misrepresentations of Native Americans. The senior-consulting editor, Dr. Troy Johnson, describes the goals of the series in an introduction. The use of many inserts, sidebars, color photos and drawings mixed with a moderate amount of text helps give the book an appealing, reader-friendly appearance. Although the book's main focus seems to be the Untied States, some information on Canadian and Latin American Indian languages is included. Inexplicably, a sidebar on the Hawaiian language is included on a page about the Cheyenne. Anthropologist Wes Jernigan found over-generalizations and several errors related to the origins of the word "goose." Also, while a good cultural map is essential, there is no map. This book is probably too inaccurate to be useful. A chronology, glossary, index, bibliography, and Internet resources list are included. 2003, Mason Crest Publishers,
— Gisela Jernigan

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781422229729
Publisher:
Mason Crest Publishers
Publication date:
09/28/2013
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
1200L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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